Men's Cross Country Adds Four For 2014
Aug. 5, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's cross country program has announced the addition of four newcomers to the squad, welcoming Andrew Burke, Samuel Conway, Paul Maurais and Jay McMahon for the 2014 season. All four are Massachusetts natives who join the Minutemen following accomplished high school running careers.
"I am very excited about the incoming freshman class," said head coach Ken O'Brien. "It is a group that fits the class traditions of our cross country program. All four are outstanding students with a passion for distance running that have demonstrated competitive success in high school and have plenty of room for growth and development. They will form the cornerstone of our teams that will continue the success of our program in the future."
Andrew Burke of Eastham comes to Amherst out of Nauset Regional High School where was a 1,000m winner at the Massachusetts Division 4 Championships in 2014 with a time of 2:31.85. He also finished eighth in the 800m with a time of 1:55.90 at the MIAA All-State Championship in his final high school season. In the fall of 2013, he represented Nauset at the MIAA All-State Cross Country Championship 15:52 and, as a junior in 2013, claimed first place in the steeplechase at the Weston Twilight Meet (6:24.30).
Samuel Conway of Wilbraham joins the Minutemen from Minnechaug Regional High School where he was selected as the 2013 Cross Country Runner of the Year for Western Massachusetts. Conway finished 10th at the MIAA All-State Cross Country Championship in 2013 after winning individual titles at the Western Mass Cross Country Championship and the PVIAC Championship (15:48).
Paul Maurais of Hopedale out of Hopedale High School comes to UMass after finishing 12th at the MIAA All-State Cross Country Meet as a senior with a time of 15:04.18. On the track, he was a champion in the mile at the Dual Valley Conference meet in 2014, placed sixth in the event at the Class C Race and took eighth at the MIAA Central Mass Div. 2 Meet. As a junior in 2013, Maurais won a Central Mass Div 2 title in the mile, as well.
Jay McMahon from Swansea rounds out the group of newcomers for the Minutemen. McMahon was a three-sport star at Joseph Case High School where he was a track & field, soccer and basketball MVP. He won the 3000 Meter Steeplechase in the 2014 Bay State Games and captured third place in the MIAA Division 4 two-mile run as senior in 2014. McMahon won the two-mile run at the Coaches Invitational outdoor meet as a Senior in 2014, as well.
UMass opens its 2014 cross country season with the Minuteman Invitational on Sept. 13.